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Kestrel Ceiling Series
Quality speakers designed for Atmos, DTS:X or Auro 3d systems or general in ceiling or in wall use

Atmos/DTS:X type ceiling speakers are there to expand the height of the movie experience, so sounds that are meant to come from above, like planes screaming overhead, thunder rumbling in the clouds, rain pattering on the roof, voices calling to you from higher up the cliff, or bullets whizzing just above your head, will be heard the way they are meant to be heard by the director. This vertical space of the movie soundtrack will be used much more effectively now that sound systems can recreate this audio correctly.

So, to get the most potential out of these soundtracks you need a Dolby Atmos or an Auro 3d enabled receiver, and our quality Kestrel ceiling speakers in the correct positions in your HT room or space. Conventional ceiling speakers can be used if you are on a tight budget (see our Accento ceiling speakers on the generic ceiling speakers page), but if you would like to step up the quality and more closely match other speakers from our entire range, then we have developed three Kestrel models here for you to investigate. These are made with timber (not plastic like other brands) and real removable speaker cloth grilles that are more acoustically transparent (not metal mesh).

All speakers include grilles. All grilles are removable but any speaker can be made without grilles if you request.

Overview of models in the Kestrel series

DTS:X use

If you are setting up a DTS:X system with speakers above you have the choice of either ceiling mounted speakers or high wall mounted speakers (such as from the Firesprite or Fusion flat panel ranges. Placement and number of speakers with DTS:X is much more flexible but a good place to place high wall speakers is above the front speakers and in-line with where ceiling speakers are placed in the Atmos systems.

Speaker Placement

If you are not comfortable installing ceiling speakers and putting the wiring in yourself you can easily organise any local electrician to do it for you, simply refer to the placement guide.

For details on placement please see this guide.
Dolby Atmos Placement Guide

Kestrel C43
High end multi driver 2-way ceiling or wall speaker

Description and Specifications

Price: $440/each
Finish: Soft white (other colours available on request) with either white or black grille
Size: 330mm diameter (285 diameter hole in ceiling or wall with rear clamps to hold in place)
Power Handling: 150 watts at 60Hz crossover point
Nominal Impedance: 8 ohms
Frequency Response: 55 -- 25,000 Hertz +/-2dB
Sensitivity: 92dB 1w/1m
Drivers: 4x 3½" aluminium cone bass mid drivers; 25mm dome tweeter in dual concentric arrangement
Description: These unique ceiling speakers are angled so that they can be directed towards the seating position. Also, it has the four bass/mid drivers and the tweeter arranged in a dual concentric manner with the tweeter in the middle surrounded by the four drivers. This gives a very even off-axis response in all directions so there are no dull spots in the sound field. It has superior speed and accuracy and is suited for most ceiling or wall uses. It would suit quality front speaker use as well as Atmos ceiling speaker, surround speaker and rear surround speaker where the convenience of having them installed in walls or ceilings is appropriate.

Kestrel model C43 for Atmos, Auro 3d and general ceiling speaker use with white grille cloth Kestrel model C43 for Atmos showing back Showing front and back Kestrel model C43 with black grille cloth with black grille cloth

Kestrel C16  6 inch 2 way ceiling or wall speaker

Description and Specifications

Price: $295/each
Finish: Soft white (other colours available on request) with either white or black grille
Size: 330mm diameter (285 diameter hole in ceiling or wall with rear clamps to hold in place)
Power Handling: 150 watts at 60Hz crossover point
Nominal Impedance: 8 ohms
Frequency Response: 50 -- 25,000 Hertz +/-2dB
Sensitivity: 90dB 1w/1m
Drivers: SB Acoustics 6" bass/mid driver; 25mm dome tweeter
Description: These unique ceiling speakers are angled so that they can be directed towards the seating position. Consisting of a single 6" bass/mid driver and the same dome tweeter as used in the C43 model, this is a more conventional design but with many of the design advantages of the previous model and all our many years experience of speaker building.

with white grille cloth